Inadmissible for Crimes Against Humanity

Meurrens LawInadmissibility

Section 35 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (the “IRPA“) provides that: Human or international rights violations 35 (1) A permanent resident or a foreign national is inadmissible on grounds of violating human or international rights for (a) committing an act outside Canada that constitutes an offence referred to in sections 4 to 7 of the … Read More

The Expansion of Inadmissibility for Espionage

Steven MeurrensUncategorized

The first few weeks of 2024 have been marked by developments that could significantly increase the number of people banned from Canada for espionage. The first was the Federal Court of Canada decision in Li v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2023 FC 1753 (“Li”), wherein the Chief Justice said that what constitutes “espionage” must evolve … Read More

The Best Interests of a Child

Meurrens LawHumanitarian and Compassionate

Yesterday, an individual called wanting to know if the fact that she was pregnant would guarantee a successful H&C application because of the duty to consider the “best interests of the child.” The father is Canadian.

Humanitarian & Compassionate Applications

Meurrens LawHumanitarian and Compassionate

People who would not normally be eligible to become permanent residents of Canada may be able to apply on humanitarian and compassionate (“H&C“) grounds. Humanitarian and compassionate grounds apply to people with exceptional cases. Here are 2020 approval statistics for humanitarian & compassionate class applications. Here are approval statistics for 2018 – 2023 (January – … Read More

Authorizations to Return to Canada

Meurrens LawInadmissibility

Section 52(1) of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act provides that a person who has been removed from Canada cannot return to Canada unless the person first receives specific authorization from immigration authorities.  This authorization is known as “authorization to return to Canada” (an “ARC“).  Whether an ARC is needed will depend on what type of removal … Read More

Espionage and Immigrating to Canada

Meurrens LawInadmissibility

Section 34(1) of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act provides, amongst other things, that a foreign national or Canadian permanent resident is inadmissible to Canada for engaging in an act of espionage that is against Canada or that is contrary to Canada’s interests, or being a member of an organization that there are reasonable grounds to believe … Read More